Our Founders

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Alexandra Tsamis


Alexandra has been a longstanding passionate advocate of Maria Montessori’s learning methods. She is supported by her background in early childhood development, a trained montessori educator and a post graduate in special needs. Alexandra is also in training for holistic psychotherapy.


Alexandra is the founder and director of Sunflower Montessori School since 2005. As a mother of three children, her own Montessori platforms are designed with such balance at the heart, and place an equal emphasis on the child’s intellectual, psychological, physical, moral, and spiritual development.


Nirmala Shettigar


Nirmala is a mother of one son, and a holistic nutritionist and chef by profession. Her focus on wholesome nourishment and healthy lifestyle plays a foundational role in preparing our children to receive knowledge and explore their potential.


It is Nirmala’s view that each body is unique and that by integrating mindfulness into eating habits, one may find the balance and energy to support healthy development. Her work with children focuses on helping them to listen to their bodies and to understand the importance of eating in a way that works for them as individuals.


How it all began…


Our personal journeys began worlds apart. Each of us came to alternative education from different places, experiences and perspectives. What we shared, and still do is the desire to create something that embodies both our value systems. A place where children are respected, given a voice and where learning means growing as wholesome individuals. What we shared and still do, is the drive and the passion necessary to launch an endeavour of such nature.
For Alex, that passion began many years ago with early childhood education, Montessori training and a post-graduate degree in special needs. She has worked with kids, has always seen them for who they truly are, and respected them as individuals. Once she had her own children, she began looking at alternative programs for them, and that’s where she met Nirmala.


For Nirmala, her journey began while living in the Middle East. As for many parents, Nirmala’s foray into alternative education began with the search for a school for her own son. As a holistic nutritionist and chef, the journey to find such a school planted the seed for a project to start an alternative school of her own. Her explorations brought her on a trip to this part of the world, and she decided to ground herself here.


Having the experience of going through an alternative system, we became aware that in order to have the kind of holistic school that we truly wanted, not only for our own children, also for many others, we were going to have to finally actualize our dreams of starting our own school. And hence Oakwood Village Montessori was born.


To us, the process whereby little people become bigger wholesome people, is of the utmost importance. This is just the beginning of our journey together and we hope that you continue to join along with us.

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Sunflower Montessori

CCMA Accredited Member

Licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA)

Address: 582 Oakwood Ave
Phone: 416.656.6300
Fax: 416.656.5464

Oakwood Village Montessori

Licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA)

Address: 473 Oakwood Ave
Phone: 416.651.9000
Fax: 416.651.9001

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